Should every Red Line train travel all the way to Shady Grove?
That’s what Metro is trying to figure out. The transit service said it is seeking feedback from riders on whether to continue having some trains “turn back” at the Grosvenor-Strathmore station instead of traveling all the way to the end of the line. Currently, the turnbacks mean that trains only operate every eight minutes out of Shady Grove during rush hour.
Eliminating the turnbacks would allow for additional service at Twinbrook, White Flint, Rockville and Shady Grove. But, it could also increase crowds for trains heading into downtown.
Through May 21, Metro is asking riders to fill out a survey with their thoughts on the Red Line service. Metro said it is exploring several alternatives, including:
-Full elimination of the Grosvenor “turn back.” All Red Line trains that currently turn back at Grosvenor-Strathmore would extend service to Shady Grove. Trains would operate every 4 minutes between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Shady Grove.
-Partial elimination of the Grosvenor “turn back.” Half of Red Line trains that currently turn back at Grosvenor-Strathmore would extend service to Shady Grove. Trains would operate on average every 5 minutes between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Shady Grove.
-No change. Red Line trains would continue to operate every 8 minutes between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Shady Grove.
Metro said in 2015 that it would eventually stop turning back trains at Grosvenor, but its proposed budget for 2019 did not call for any change in service. In a letter published last fall, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett urged Metro to eliminate the turnbacks, and reiterated that stance after Metro’s budget documents came out in January.
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